By Margaret Bligdon-Boyt
Editor in Chief
Life can be brutal. There is noise everywhere. From the moment we wake up to a blaring alarm to the time that we fall asleep with the television still blaring. I don’t even want to think about everything that goes in between, from instant messages and urgent emails to work, family commitments and all those things that you just can’t say no to.
I don’t want to think about them because I don’t have to – I made a conscious decision to live life more quietly.
It is not just the physical noise that we need to step away from, its also all those unresolved issues, worries and negative thought patterns that lurk in our subconsciousness.
It is our subconscious noise that is often the loudest and the most damaging. The good news is that we can reduce that noise, simply by being more conscious about the interactions and actions we choose every day.
There are many reasons that people choose to live a quieter life. Some will do so in order to improve their lifestyle, they come to realise that the noise is separating them from the people and things that they love.
A growing number will be left no choice because of physical or mental health issues. My own health issues forced me to step back. I stepped back and never looked back. My life is so different now, the stress has gone, I am a different person and my health is better than anyone dared hope it could be.
Whatever the reason, more and more people are making the decision to live more and more quietly. They are living quietly to whichever degree suits them. They are not only changing themselves and the way they live, they are also causing a ripple effect on the people and environments around them.
It is a quiet revolution. It is the antidote to the last 30 years of being told that we should do it all, have it all and be it all. We can’t and we shouldn’t.
Society is just now starting to think about stepping off the train. And its about time.
The Four Cornerstones of Living Quietly
1. Consciously choosing how to spend your energy and resources
2. Being gentle to yourself and in your environment
3. Creating a supportive space for yourself, mentally & physically
4. Learning to say NO